Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: William Lee Relentlessly Works to Get Noticed on the Court


By Jerry Del Priore

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Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School point guard William Lee. Photo: Nicole Sweet Sports

There’s no denying that Bishop Loughlin High School junior point guard William Lee is one of the hardest working student-athletes in New York City.

Lee’s up at the wee hours of the morning to workout in preparation for the rigors of basketball.

After that, it’s straight to class for a full day of school. Then, practice or a game. Lee, 16, also works for the school’s development office, helping to recruit potential students to Bishop Loughlin.

Sure, it’s a long day and an arduous hill to climb. But the five-foot-eleven Lee says he wants to play at the college level when the time comes. 

“I condition myself a lot,” said Lee, who plays Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) ball for the Rens. “I wake up at 5:00 o’clock in the morning to run the stairs. I’m always ready for it.”

Lee’s tireless work effort hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by one of his biggest fans and one of the most important people in his life.

“He’s a hard worker. He works out and conditions his body well,” his mother, Fatima Williams said. “He also tutors and is in a SAT program on Saturdays. So, he really balances his school work with condition his body and getting ready for the next game.”

While colleges haven’t started to contact him just yet, Lee hasn’t permitted it to daunt him, and remains confident that his opportunity will arrive soon enough.

“I’ll let that come to me. I’m not rushing it,” The Long Island City, Queens, native said of the college recruiting process. “I’m ready for it, but I don’t want to rush it. My time will come”

As for his mother, she just wants to see her son do what he loves as long as it’s a good fit all around.

“I don’t have a particular school in mind,” said Williams, who’s a NYC board education teacher. “Wherever he will fit, whatever team he can help out, is good enough for us. Of course, I would love DI or DII, but it’s up to Will, and whatever university that contacts him.”

 

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